Pathologist Jobs Report
Second Quarter 2015

Last revised 15 September 2015

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Quarter 2 - 2015 totals

For this quarter, there were 94 job postings for full time or part time pathologists at PathologyOutlines.com, which form the basis for the statistics below. This is a 11% increase from the 85 job postings in the second quarter of 2014. We have excluded postings that were only for locum, PhD, residency, fellowship or non-Pathologist positions. Of the 94 postings, 90 were for 1 position, 3 were for 2 positions and 1 was for 3 positions.

Of the 94 ads, 45 (48%) were for academic positions, and 49 (52%) were for non-academic positions. This is close to the 50% academic / 50% nonacademic breakdown seen overall in 2013 and 2014. We define academic as an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor position at a University.

For this quarter, jobs were posted from 34 of 50 states in the US, 5 provinces in Canada and 2 from New Zealand. New York had 10 ads, California had 8 ads, Florida had 7 ads, Texas had 6 ads, and Maryland had 5 ads.

Totals by regions: (click here for map of US regions):

Regions:
USA - Midwest 16 17.0%
USA - Northeast 26 27.7%
USA - South 31 33.0%
USA - West 14 14.9%
Canada 5 5.3%
New Zealand 2 2.1%
Totals 94 100.0%

This distribution of job ads was similar to the first quarter of 2015.

71.3% of postings required AP or AP/CP Board certification / eligibility (BC/BE). 41.5% required AP/CP boards, compared to 43.5% in the second quarter of 2014. 22 postings indicated Board Certification, without specifying AP or CP. Only 2 ads did not specify board certification at all.

Minimum requirements (board certified/board eligible):
AP 28 29.8%
AP/CP 39 41.5%
AP or CP 22 23.4%
CP 3 3.2%
Not indicated 2 2.1%
Totals 94 100.0%

74.5% of jobs required fellowship training or strong subspecialty experience. For this period, the most common subspecialties / job descriptions listed were Hematopathology, Cytopathology and GI / Liver, as indicated below. To determine the statistics below, we tried to determine from the text of the ads what fellowship training was essential for a Pathologist, or what the type of position was.

Required training (experience):
None specified 24 25.5%
Hematopathology 14 14.9%
Cytopathology 8 8.5%
GI/Liver 8 8.5%
Dermatopathology 7 7.4%
Med Director 7 7.4%
Molecular 7 7.4%
Neuropathology 4 4.3%
Informatics 3 3.2%
Pediatric 3 3.2%
Surgical Fellowship 3 3.2%
Transfusion 3 3.2%
Breast 2 2.1%
Chief/Director/Chair 2 2.1%
GYN 2 2.1%
Autopsy 1 1.1%
Cytogenetics 1 1.1%
Endocrine 1 1.1%
ENT/Oral 1 1.1%
Forensic 1 1.1%
GU 1 1.1%
IHC 1 1.1%
Pulmonary/Thoracic 1 1.1%
Renal 1 1.1%
Research 1 1.1%
Teaching 1 1.1%
Transplant 1 1.1%
Totals 109
Note: Some positions listed multiple specialties; percentages are out of 94 ads

39.4% of postings (37 of 94) also listed one of more subspecialties that would be "an asset" or otherwise helpful. The most common were GYN, GI, Cytopathology, Breast, Dermatopathology and Surgical, as indicated below:

Other desired specialities:
GYN 10 10.6%
Cytopathology 8 8.5%
GI 8 8.5%
Breast 6 6.4%
Dermatopathology 6 6.4%
Surgical Fellowship 6 6.4%
GU 4 4.3%
Hematopathology 4 4.3%
Molecular 4 4.3%
Research 4 4.3%
Chief/Director/Vice-Chair 3 3.2%
Pediatrics 3 3.2%
Informatics 2 2.1%
BST 1 1.1%
Coagulation 1 1.1%
Cytogenetics 1 1.1%
Education 1 1.1%
ENT 1 1.1%
Flow Cytometry 1 1.1%
Head and Neck 1 1.1%
IHC 1 1.1%
Lymphoma 1 1.1%
Neuropathology 1 1.1%
Perinatal 1 1.1%
Pulmonary 1 1.1%
Renal 1 1.1%
Respiratory 1 1.1%
Transfusion Medicine 1 1.1%
Urologic 1 1.1%
Totals 84
Note: percentages are out of 94 ads

Length of postings:
In 2013, we started keeping track of how long jobs were posted until they were removed. We remove ads when (a) the advertisers contact us and request removal, (b) we contact the advertisers (beginning 3-4 months after posting) and they request removal, or (c) the ads expire. The statistics below are based only on if/when the advertisers requested removal, and exclude ads that expired. Note that in May 2015, we reduced the postings to 6 months maximum for all jobs (we previously posted academic jobs for up to 1 year), which may affect future statistics.

In 2014, there were 200 jobs with removal dates. The average number of days posted was 146.6 with a median of 133.0 days, and no definite trend over the year, as shown below. For the 105 academic jobs, the average number of days posted was 184.4 days (median 175.0 days), compared to non-academic jobs with an average of 105.2 days posted (median 106.0 days).

Number of days job ads were posted by quarter in 2014:
Period Number Mean (days) Median (days)
Quarter 1 35 125.6 111.0
Quarter 2 56 153.1 137.0
Quarter 3 43 167.1 148.0
Quarter 4 66 139.4 133.5
Totals 200 146.6 133.0

Please contact Dr. Pernick with any questions or comments at 248/646-0325 or [email protected].